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Identifying parents easier now for adoptees

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

In the past few weeks, I have written about a number of bills the Missouri legislature passed in the 2016 session.  These capitol reports have covered Step Therapy, Livestock Liability and Civics Education.  This week, the report is about House Bill 1599 sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips (R-Kimberling City), which covers the subject of child adoption.

There are over 500,000 adoptees in Missouri (about 8%

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FY 2016 revenue totals mark impending tax cuts as reckless

Final state general revenue numbers for fiscal year 2016 show that Missouri simply cannot afford tax cuts passed by the legislature in 2014.

While poor revenue growth has put off the pain of steep cuts to services for at least an additional year, the combination of unmet needs and new budget restrictions to be announced this week indicate that lawmakers should revise the tax cuts before it’s too late. Lawmakers

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri’s money matters: $27 billion budget begins 

by Mark D. Hughes

For most Missourians, the first of July brings plans and preparation to celebrate Independence Day — one of America’s biggest holidays. For all Missourians — and usually with much less fanfare and fireworks — July 1 also brings the beginning of a new state fiscal year and the start of a $27.4 billion spending plan that bankrolls every service and expenditure the state will make in

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Graves Issues Statement After Supreme Court Blocks Obama’s Amnesty

U.S. Representative Sam Graves issued the following statement after the Supreme Court today ruled that President Obama’s 2014 executive order on amnesty is unconstitutional. The ruling confirms that the Obama administration does not have the authority to prevent four million illegal immigrants from being deported.

“This ruling is a win for the Constitution and the rule of law,” Rep. Graves said. “But it’s also a win for American workers and

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Capitol Perspectives: Missouri Capitol security missteps

by Phill Brooks

This summer, statehouse discussions have resumed on plans to enhance security at the state Capitol. One idea would use the nearby Transportation Department building as a screening site for visitors to enter the statehouse through a tunnel.

It’s the latest in a checkered history of efforts to address Capitol security I’ve seen over the decades.

The first I saw was a video camera installed into a wall

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10 questions we celebrate (Can you correctly answer this Citizenship Test?)

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Happy birthday America! Independence Day is upon us, and I hope you and your family enjoy our nation’s most patriotic holiday. It can be easy to forget how blessed we are to live in a nation with so much bounty and freedom, and it would be a shame if we were to take those blessings for granted.

For many in our past and in other

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Celebrating our Independence

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

In just a few days, citizens throughout our great nation will join together in celebration of the United States of America’s 240th birthday. As we stand on the brink of another new year in the life of our comparatively young nation, I ask everyone to join me in reflecting on how far we have come as an American people and what work remains to

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Against taxation by citation

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

Missouri lawmakers continued working during the 2016 legislative session to address the systemic failures of some of Missouri’s municipal courts. As part of our ongoing effort to bring an end to “taxation through citation,” the Legislature passed and sent to the governor Senate Bill 572.

This measure adds non-moving violations to the calculation for annual general revenue limits that can come from fines and

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Insurance coverage despite ‘Step Therapy’

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

Consider this: Let’s say you have a disease or condition that requires regular medication for treatment, but there are several possible meds that might work ranging from an inexpensive generic to a very costly specialty medication. Involved in your situation are you, your doctor writing the prescription, and the payer buying the meds — probably your insurance company.

The goal is to find the least

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